Great Spaces: EVK Residential Dining, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

A bright open space and stations in separate areas make the EVK work.

Director of USC Hospitality Kris Klinger says he thinks the most stunning part of the space is simply the fact that the renovation added a lot of "great color and seating elements that create these micro areas with tall seating, soft seating, hard seating, etc., so the students have cool areas to hang out."

Klinger says people are most impressed by the change in look and feel of the space compared to what it used to be. "We opened up the ceiling to make the space brighter and more open. Plus, the bright red light fixtures stand out." 

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Ideas and Innovation
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We started a 50-member vegan team in response to students expressing the need for more vegan options. Between our monthly meetings, students are asked to take photos of foods they eat in and out of the dining halls to give us a true picture of the kinds of things they like and the kinds of foods that cause disappointment. This exercise has sparked a lot of conversation and given us more insight into what we could do better.

Ideas and Innovation
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Ideas and Innovation
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We set up an interactive collaboration with our dietetics department where students worked with our culinary team to test how recipes are imagined and produced. One of the recipes they came up with was a barbecue tempeh sandwich, which they believed was a great option for vegan students across campus. We added the sandwich to our On the Go program and then expanded it to our vegan station on campus due to its success.

Ideas and Innovation
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We have reorganized our salad bars to not only include the traditional DIY salad ingredients, but also several daily entree salads. Our students requested 32-ounce heavy glass salad bowls that have been wildly popular. The big bowls allow students to load up on their favorite salads and customize with additional ingredients from around the servery. We have seen a significant surge in usage that cuts across all groups, including athletes.

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